Ruby's Corner

Who Needs Feminism

So, I just found out about this really cool website that a bunch of people at Duke University started. It’s called Who Needs Feminism? and people post pictures of why they need feminism. For instance, this woman says she needs feminism because “feminine” is not “anti-feminist”.  I saw that and I felt like she got me, you know? The whole who needs feminism campaign? It’s awesome.

Wait wait wait. Back up. Who needs feminism? We all do. But we all don’t get what it means, because it can be described in many different ways. To me, feminism means girls and boys are of equal value. This means if girls can play with Barbie dolls, so can boys. WE ALL NEED OUR EQUAL RIGHTS. It’s not just about sports or playing with things; I’m talking about our approach as a society to each other. Girls and boys should have the same opportunity to do the same thing and not be all like, well, girls can’t do math. That’s craz town! WE ARE ALL HUMANS. If a guy can play hockey in the big leagues, why can’t I? Just because I am a different gender doesn’t mean I am some sort of sub-par species. Just because we may have different body parts doesn’t mean we can’t do the things the other gender can! How do I live in a world were society thinks that a different body part means I can’t do things other people can?

I need feminism because I’m tired of hearing people say, “No, I’m scared to ask the boys if I can play [fill-in-the-blank] with them.” And I think we should be able to walk up to someone and join their game. I know I can start my own, but what about playing together? I’m sick of hearing, “No way, boys are better than girls” and vise versa. Why should I have to take that? (This girl knows where I’m coming from: I need feminism because people should not be so surprised at my ability to catch and throw a football or play a pick-up game.)

I need feminism to exist because I have a voice and I need to be heard. Rosa Parks stood up for her rights and got put in JAIL. How was that a crime? (Another person who gets it is this guy: I need feminism so that my future daughter will grow up never being limited by the ignorance of society.)

I need feminism to be a part of everyone’s vocabulary because I am in middle school, and I don’t see it as part of our language, even now in 2012. And I have this feeling I’m going to keep talking about it, probably for the rest of my life. But maybe when I get older, I’ll be talking about it in a different way than I am now.

So please support this awesome website. And the best way? Submit your answer to Who Needs Feminism here and also, like their Facebook page here.

  • Jessy Dolensky

    Really loved the idea just posted it on my college’s gender and society gruop!
    can’t belive you’re in the 6th grade. You’re so mature

    • Ruby Karp

      that’s awesome! maybe they’ll post their own I-need -feminism -because!

  • Lori Dargis

    Way to go! Don’t be afraid to do anything because of your gender; that’s my personal view of feminism/equalism. It should go both ways, also. I’m in college now, and some of my guy friends are afraid to dress well or do yoga or become vegetarians, etc. because they’re afraid of being perceived as gay or effeminate. You should start some sort of club at your school for gender equality! Your confidence is a wonderful gift, share it with your peers!

    • Ruby Karp

      that’s a great idea!

  • Tess Milom

    There are grown women with feminine literature degrees that don’t understand feminism as correctly as you do. It is about equality, not the banishment of ‘effeminate’ things that either gender should be able to enjoy, and vice versa. Your intelligence and maturity are very inspiring and impressive. Don’t change, and please never get jaded!

    • Ruby Karp

      thank you!

  • Elisabeth Miller

    First, as a Duke alum, I’m so proud of my alma mater! Second, we still need feminism because there are people who still don’t understand what the word means. It does not mean you have to hate men. It does not mean that you have to be unshaven. It means you believe that men and women should have equal rights. You’re awesome, Ruby!

    • Ruby Karp

      i agree. there’s no reason to hate anybody. we just have to be able to understand we all matter.

  • Ivan Remtoula

    I’ve just read your article, and I really loved it! You are really mature for your age and it is wonderful to see that. I also think that men and women should be able to do the same things. It’s a shame to see that in the 21st century, women are not allowed to do what they want because of their gender. Society shouldn’t tell us (men AND women) how to dress and how to act. All human beings are equal, no matter the gender, skin color or religion, people should start to understand that

    • Ruby Karp

      i agree!!!!

  • Miranda Stratton

    Ruby, you are awesome! Your parents must be very proud to have a strong, empowered daughter like you! Like everyone has said, you defintely speak way beyond your years and underestand feminism in a way that most people my age don’t. Way to go and keep it up! You have a strong community here in HelloGiggles that supports you and your work. :)

    • Ruby Karp

      thnak you! My Mom is in my corner, all i can say. when i was in kindergarten i presentated to my class on my expert day about this topic, feminism. because you know my mom is and she taught me everything i know.

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  • Carla Avila

    I think the biggest problem with “feminism” is that people don’t know what it is. I’ve had a lot of people try to hold me back in life, and it is even more heartbreaking with another fellow woman is my antagonist. FEMINISM is women coming together to support each other. It doesn’t mean that we are starting up a revolution with men, it simply means that we as women have rights. And the funny part is….. Men are welcomed too!

    • Ruby Karp

      ppeople think it’s something mean or scary or angry. it’s not. it’s something awesome.

  • Aratrika Das

    This is so well written. Way to go Ruby. This is what the real issue is, of our society today. We tend to discriminate. Which is blatantly wrong. There are thousands of girls that I know of, who have low self esteem because of this. Im glad that someone took a step ahead to open up about this topic to all.

    • Ruby Karp

      ikr!!!! drives me crazy! and thanks you.

  • Diana Bonton Wardanita

    Very good post! Way to go, Ruby! A lot of people are afraid feminism is about making men inferior, while they don’t know what it actually means.

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